Die probleme wat graad 7 leerders van landelike skole ervaar om aan sport deel neem
Many learners in rural primary schools do not use the opportunities which exist or which are being created by schools to participate in sport. As learners grow older and proceed through school, a tendency of diminishing numbers of sports participants is being observed. These are not necessarily learners who do not have any talent or sporting ability, they simply do not participate. This study is focused on the reasons and problems why specifically grade seven learners of rural schools do not participate or have dwindling participating numbers. The study does not only focus on participation but also on effective participation. A thorough literature review has revealed that there are mainly three obstacles, namely: interest, embedded constraints and structural obstacles. Research has revealed several problems why learners do not participate in sport or physical activity. This supports the reasons for the diminishing number of participants which was found in the study. The literature also shows that knowledge of sport is needed for effective participation. Questionnaires were used to gather information from grade seven learners, teachers and school principals. The research period was from July to September 2009. The questionnaires were handled personally by the researcher to ensure a consistent approach. The data from the questionnaires were analysed through the use of tables. This study confirmed three main obstacles which were mentioned earlier as the reasons for the diminishing numbers of sport participants. The interest in sport is dwindling because learners indicated that they just don't like sport and that they do not enjoy it. With regard to the embedded constraints learners indicated that they are physically not always able because of a lack of potential and ability. The structural obstacles were the most common factors, such as time constraints, domestic and family responsibilities, finances and transport. Recommendations regarding this study are set out in Chapter Five.